The headline of this post was written in Politispeak, the language used by politicians and their handlers to spin adversity into triumph.
So how many turned out at a campaign stop in Iowa on Monday to hear former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to move an ailing nation forward if he is elected president?
As Nick Gass of Politico notes, the answer is one. And even that lone soul, identified only as Kenneth, remains uncommitted.
Judging from the picture in this tweet by ABC News reporter Sarah Beckman, the meeting was pretty cozy. (Cozy is another Politispeak term).
— Sarah Beckman (@SarahBeckman3) December 29, 2015
In fairness to O’Malley, “a vicious winter storm” blanketed the area, which is why most people chose not to venture out. O’Malley, moreover, was the only candidate to go through with plans last night to meet his public.
On the other hand, O’Malley is polling at 4.6%, according to the most recent Real Clear Politics average, meaning that even if the weather had cooperated, he was probably not looking at a huge turnout anyway.